2021 Starbucks Holiday Drinks From Worst to Best


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The Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte alongside real sugar cookies.

By: Paityne Hume, Staff Reporter/ Global News

Every year Starbucks releases several Holiday drinks and I am usually too overwhelmed with choices that I don’t know what to try first. This year I decided to try all (or most) of their 2021 holiday drinks to see which ones are worth getting. Here I have provided little descriptions of each drink and their rating out of 5.

Rating System

1- Disgusting, throw it away.

2- Pretty gross, I could only drink about half of it.

3- Just okay, I might get it if I don’t know what else to get or if someone else buys it.

4- Good! I would get this again.

5- Perfect, one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.


Peppermint Mocha
Here we are at the worst. This is a returning classic to the holiday menu. It is as simple as it sounds, a classic mocha made with peppermint syrup and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. I know a lot of people that absolutely love this drink, but personally I do not like how it’s dark chocolate. The dark chocolate mixed with Starbucks burnt tasting coffee just makes it too bitter and strong. I do love the peppermint syrup though, so I give it a 2/5.


Toasted White Hot Chocolate

I have never seen this on the menu before so I was excited to try it. It is a white chocolate hot chocolate with the toasted white chocolate sauce that usually comes in a mocha. This was really sweet and I liked it, but it tasted exactly like those flavored hot chocolates from the gas station you can get for a dollar. It is definitely not worth the price although it does taste okay, so I’ll give it a  2.5/5.


Caramel Brulee Latte

This drink was good, but it also reminded me a little bit of flavored gas station coffees because of how sweet it was. If you like caramel you will most likely enjoy this. I don’t really see a difference between regular caramel and the addition of “brulee” but it’s still yummy. I rate it a 3/5.


Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte
This latte is made with almond milk, 4 pumps of sugar cookie flavored syrup, and comes with Christmas sprinkles on the top. I was expecting a little more of a unique or interesting flavor from this since it’s sugar cookie but it tasted almost the same as a vanilla latte. Despite this, it is still a good drink and I do recommend getting it with oat milk or regular milk because that seems to accentuate the sugar cookie flavor. I rate it a 3/5.


Irish Cream Cold Brew 

I was really looking forward to trying this because Irish Cream is one of my favorite flavors in coffee and I love Starbucks cold brew. It was really sweet and creamy and the cold brew was smooth as always. I was only a little disappointed because there wasn’t enough of that distinct Irish cream flavor I love. I give it a 4/5.


Chestnut Praline Latte

This one is so good, wow. It is the perfect amount of sweet and it has a delightful Christmas-y flavor of candied nuts. I can’t really taste much strong coffee flavor which is a win for me. The only reason someone may not enjoy this is because it has that artificial nutty flavor, but if you like hazelnut lattes you will like it. I give it a 4.5/5.

My favorite holiday drink this year, the Chestnut Praline Latte.

Keep in mind these are just my opinions and if any of these drinks sound good to you definitely try them! Happy tasting!